Diet Approved Easter Treats & Skinny Cyprus Flaounes
If you are trying to watch your weight over Easter, I have made a list of all my favourite diet approved Easter treats. Not all of these are available here in Cyprus but I’m sure you’ll get the idea 🙂
These are perfect if you want to indulge, but also want to keep some sort of control over the Easter weekend.
I also wanted to share a recipe for Skinny Cyprus Flaounes with you, keeping all the traditional flavours and none of the naughty calories!
Chocolate or Cheese?
What are Flaounes?
Firstly, what are Flaounes? Pronounced ‘Fla – Ou – Ness’, are:
- A traditional Cyprus cheese-based cake/pie found all over Cyprus at Easter time.
- Are the perfect way to ‘break’ the Lenten fast, as Flaounes are loaded with various types of cheese, lots of eggs and encased in slabs of buttery pastry!
- A hand sized savoury and cheesey ‘pie’ & some are also sweetened with sugar & currants.
Flaounes are my personal favourite, and I could quite happily eat 3 or 4 a day, every day until they run out. But at approx 400 calories per 100g (that’s 20 syns!), I can’t even do that much Math!
My Slimming World consultant (thanks Penelope), ‘saved us’ by passing on this amazing recipe for Flaounes made skinny. Keeping all the traditional flavours, and none of the traditional fat content lol
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Skinny Flaounes - Traditional Cypriot flavours in this healthy & low fat recipe for Easter Flaounes. Perfect for Slimming World and for anyone watching their waistlines over Easter.
- 70 γρ. Χαλούμι / 70 gr. Halloumi
- 70 γρ. Βρώμη / 70 gr. Oats
- 1 Low Fat Cottage Cheese (2% or less)
- 4 Αυγά / 4 Eggs - Large
- Φρέσκος Δυόσμος / Fresh Mint (or dried mint approx 1 lvl tbsp)
- Μαστίχα / Mastiha 1-2 tsp
- Μέχλεπι / Mehlepi 1-2 tsp
- Αλάτι / Salt 1/2 - 1tsp -
- 1 κουταλάκι BP/ 1 level tsp BP
- Κτυπάμε τα αυγά, προσθέτουμε το τριμμένο χαλούμι, το cottage cheese, τη βρώμη, το δυόσμο, τη μαστίχα, το μέχλεπι, το αλάτι και ανακατεύουμε καλά. Βάζουμε το μείγμα σε δώδεκα φόρμες αυτές που χρησιμοποιούμε για τα muffins και ψήνουμε σε προθερμασμένο φούρνο, 200 βαθμούς, για 25 - 30 λεπτά περίπου.
- Free - 6 muffins εαν δεν πάρουμε τις Healthy Extras Α+Β επιλογές μας, αλλιώς 2 Syns το κάθε muffin.
- Εαν θέλετε να τις κάνετε γλυκειές τοτε μπορείτε να πρόσθετε 25 γρ. Σταφίδες (4 syns) και στέβια.
- Mix together the oats, Cottage Cheese, mint, salt, Mastiha and Mehlepi (see below for more info), add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the Halloumi and divide between 12 muffin cases. Bake in oven at 200 C for around 25-30 minutes.
- Free 6 muffins as HE or 2 Syns per muffin. If you want to make the sweet option then add 25 gr. of Sultanas (4 Syns) and add some stevia sugar.
To this original recipe, I would add more raisins and about 4-5 tsp of Stevia, and slightly more mint (I used dried).
These are delicious, and you wouldn’t believe that they smell and taste just like the ‘real’ thing.
I barely had time to take photos before the first batch was devoured by the boys, asking me to make more!
These Skinny Flaounes more than satisfy my craving for traditional Flaounes, and at just 120 cals (2 syns) each, you really can have your Easter ‘cake’ and eat it too!
My only criticism is that by dividing them into 12 portions, they are a lot smaller than I would like. I may just make then bigger next time, and make 6 🙂 I know, I know – it’s psychological, but hey
A quick word about Mehlepi and Mastic Gum <—click here.
For more skinny muffin ideas, perfect for breakfast, snacks and filling desserts look out for my Fruit & Veg Muffins (recipe coming soon).
Cheese or Chocolate, Chocolate or Cheese, which do you prefer??
We’ve finally got over Valentine’s Day and Easter is upon us, tempting us all with Chocolate – yet again!
And if you have children in the house, the temptation is easily doubled because, bless them, they neeeeeed chocolate eggs in every shape, size and flavour 🙁
The point is not to deny yourself the foods and treats you love,
the trick is to be informed and then to make good choices.
This is a quick list of hints, tips and low-cal Easter treats to help you stay on track over Easter and beyond.
1. Generally, if it’s ‘just chocolate’ it’s higher in calories than if it has a filling, biscuit, wafer etc
e.g. Milk Chocolate Giant Buttons are higher in calories/syns than Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, per 100g – so sometimes you could get more ‘treat’ than you expect. Yay! 🙂
2. If you are lucky enough to have a Chocolate Egg all of your own 🙂 then divide it into equal-ish pieces and savour it over several days, as part of your daily treats
e.g. Aero Egg divided into 6 pieces + 1 aero bubble = 116 cals or approx 5.5 syns – and you get almost a whole week of enjoyment out of it!
3. Here are the calorie values (and the simpler syn values, if you are following Slimming World) for some of our favourite chocolate treats over Easter.
4. And for a fabulous list of lots more chocolate syn values pop over to Fatgirlskinny.com.
I know this is a list is of syn values only, but the general rule is:
1 syn = 20 cals
100 calories = 5 Syns
70 Calories = 3.5 Syns
so you can easily convert back to calories or vice versa.
5. Any leftover chocolate lingering after Easter? Divide and bag into smaller portions and freeze. Melt a portion of the frozen chocolate in the microwave and enjoy a cheeky fondue with fresh or frozen fruit, mini marshmallows etc, as part of your daily treats (syns). Also great for kids 🙂
And don’t forget that the point is not to deny yourself the foods and treats you love, the trick is to be properly informed and then to make good choices. Every meal, every day!
I hope I have given you some hints to help keep yourselves on track, and of course that awesome Cypriot Flaouna Recipe – skinny or not, it is deeelicious.
A Happy Easter to you and yours, <3
All my meal ideas include at least one third of salad/vegetables and/or fruit with it, (this is the way we at Slimming World eat less without going hungry).
N.B. Any item in bold is a Healthy Extra* on the Slimming World plan, so these must be weighed or measured and not exceeded, if you want to maximise your weight loss. Eating at least one third of vegetables (superfree food) at each and every meal is also key to this plan.
Please note that I am in no way affiliated to Slimming World, nor am I a Slimming World consultant, and still believe that the best way to follow this plan is to join either online or better still with a group near you.
Mehlepi can be bought from Souschef.co.uk
Mehlepi – also known as mahlab or mahlepi is a Mediterranean spice which comes from Greek cherry trees. The mehlepi spice is extracted by cracking open the cherry stones of the St Lucie cherry tree, and removing the tiny seed kernel from inside. The mehlepi kernels can then be ground to a powder in a spice mill, releasing their distinctive, marzipan-sour cherry aromas.
Traditionally, mehlepi is used to flavour Greek-American Christmas cakes, with the flavours complimenting Christmas clove and nutmeg aromas. Mehlepi is also delicious in biscuits and pastries, or even used to introduce an exotic spiciness to jams and pickles.
Gum Mastic can also be bought from Souschef.co.uk
Gum mastic or mastiha is a popular ingredient in North African and Mediterranean cuisine. The yellow gum mastic crystals are a natural resin from the Chia tree, grown only on the Aegean Island of Chios in Greece
Disclaimer: I have never bought anything from Souschef before, but found them while looking for a good description for Mehlepi & Mastic Gum. And seeing as though I ‘borrowed’ theirs, I thought I would link up to their site too. Their prices are good, and much better than some I have seen on Ebay and Amazon. But I have no relationship with this particular company – I hope this has been made clear 🙂